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Like a seat belt for your stove.
Many homes in the U.S. have freestanding ranges. Freestanding ranges are convenient, functional and offer homeowners a wide variety of choices. Ranges come in a variety of colors, configurations, and quality. But one thing that freestanding ranges have in common is the potential for the unit to tip forward when a heavy weight is placed on an open oven door. It is not something that most people consider when purchasing a new range, but it happens more often than we like to consider.
From 1980 through 2008, U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) found that there were 38 fatalities associated with a range that tipped over. Twenty of those fatalities involved children ranging from one year to five years old. In addition, the CPSC cited as many as 84 reported injuries. The majority of the injuries were from burns that were suffered when hot liquids spilled over from the pots or pans when the range tilted.
I personally know someone that was scarred for life when their range tipped forward spilling hot oil on their hands and arms.
The appliance industry has been supporting voluntary standards that address the stability of freestanding ranges. The Underwriters Laboratories (UL) Standard Technical Panel (STP) has adopted ... more
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